The Democratic Party of Japan will support social critic Keiko Higuchi in her bid against incumbent Shintaro Ishihara in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election, party lawmakers said Thursday.

But while Katsuya Okada, DPJ secretary general, Banri Kaieda, chairman of the party’s Tokyo chapter, and other party lawmakers have agreed to back Higuchi, the DPJ caucus in the metropolitan assembly remains divided.

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